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Councillors and Clerk 

Councillor Simon Mahaffey (Chair) 

Simon moved to Silchester in 1978 and although having been intermittently resident in the village since then, has always considered Silchester to be home. With an early career in conservation and international development he lived overseas working for wildlife parks in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Peru and Venezuela. In the mid nineties Simon was one of a handful of individuals in the UK to work full time on carbon dioxide mitigation and was instrumental in setting up one of the UK's first carbon offsetting firms. Following a short stint in the City, Simon moved back to the village in 2007 to take up permanent residency with his wife and two young children. Now a company director, he is keen to promote community engagement in developing a vibrant and prosperous future for the village without losing any of its rural character.

Councillor Janet Earl

Janet and her family have lived in Silchester for the last 18 years. She is a member of the Speed Watch Team and given a background in Road Safety is keen to see the issue of speeding through our lovely village addressed. Janet has been a Councillor for the last few years and aims to help Silchester be the best it possibly can.

Councillor Paul Miles

 Paul is married with 5 daughters, a local business owner, speedwatch volunteer and chairman of the Playground Association. In his spare time he enjoys clay pigeon shooting, playing with all his children and walking his dog around the many footpaths and woodlands in and around the village. 

 Councillor Richard Westwood


 Councillor Mike Baldock
 Mike moved to Silchester in 1989, and has lived in or close to the Parish for most of the time since then.  During this time he has served a couple of times on the committee of the Silchester Association, has been part of the Silchester firework team for 25 years, and has been a Parish Councillor from 1992 to 1998, from which he stood down due to pressure of work.  He was co-opted back onto the PC in December 2016 where he leads the Silchester 1914-18 Project and is part of the Silchester Common Management working group.

 Councillor David Livingstone
 David moved to Silchester in 1996 with his wife and 2 children, who both started their schooling at Silchester School (they have now both finished University). He has worked at AWE for over 10 years as a Senior Project Manager, and has recently retired. In his time at Silchester, he has seen his children grow up using the facilities and clubs that are offered in the Parish and the surrounding area, and he and his wife have enjoyed the amenities that the area provides, along with many of the events put on by the Silchester Association. Now that he has retired, he is keen to put something back into the community as a Parish Councillor, assisting in the cohesion and wellbeing of the village and its surrounding countryside.
Councillor Paul Roper

Paul has lived in the vicinity of Silchester for decades and has been a resident in the Parish since 2014.

He trained as a physicist and worked for his whole career in the Ministry of Defence with the latter half of his career in increasingly senior roles within Whitehall. Opportunity for early retirement came a number of years ago allowing Paul to give up the daily commute and long hours to concentrate on other interests, in particular waterways. The Environment Agency appointed him to the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (Thames Region) influencing decisions on how both central government allocated funds and local authority raised funds are used on flood risk management schemes- a position he held for ten years until 2017. His interest in navigable waterways led to him working with The Inland Waterways Association becoming a Trustee and chairman of its navigation committee. At a more practical level Paul helped crew the charity trip boat working out of Odiham on the Basingstoke Canal.

Paul was widowed in 2011 leading to a change in pace of life as the real world got in the way of other interests. Subsequently he met Sarah (also widowed in 2011) and they married in 2014 selling their respective homes in Baughurst and Mortimer to buy Culhams Farmhouse Silchester. Nurturing this fine old building and its garden has become a labour of love for both although at times it feels like painting the Forth Bridge!

Paul and Sarah have thrown themselves into village life since arriving. Both are regular Speed watch volunteers and Paul also volunteers for Silchester Common work parties. He is now a Trustee of the village hall and Sarah has joined the Silchester Association Committee so both now help at their various events.

Leisure interests for Paul and Sarah include gardening, walks with the dog, dancing (ballroom and modern jive- it’s how Paul and Sarah met), travel and long trips aboard their beloved narrowboat which is kept in the Midlands.

 Clerk to the Parish Council - Chris Gunnell

Phone: 07470 809086

Email: clerk@silchester.org

Councillors Register of Member Interests may be view here;

http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/browse/council-and-democracy/councillors-democracy-and-elections/parish-and-town-councils/parish-and-town-councils.htm?ParishId=90